The survival of the tiny cetacean is uncertain after an encounter with poachers and the fishing gear responsible for the decline of its species San Felipe, BCN, Mexico – March 7th, 2020 – A new video has surfaced on social media with disturbing footage of a vaquita trapped in an illegal totoaba gillnet. An anonymous sourceContinue reading “Vaquita found Entangled in Illegal Gillnet”
Violence erupts in the habitat of the most endangered marine mammal in the world as activists encounter rampant poaching in protected waters San Felipe, BCN, Mexico – March 4, 2020 – On the morning of March 3rd, Sea Shepherd crews were confronted by a large group of skiffs fishing illegally inside the Vaquita Refuge, a UNESCOContinue reading “Sea Shepherd Attacked in Vaquita Refuge on World Wildlife Day”
Sea Shepherd and Mexican authorities worked tirelessly to save the marine mammal, trapped in the same illegal fishing gear responsible for the decline of the vaquita San Felipe, BCN, Mexico – February 24, 2020 – On the morning of February 21st, Sea Shepherd was alerted to the presence of a whale in life-threatening distress in theContinue reading “Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet Rescued inside Vaquita Refuge”
Gunfire erupts in the habitat of the most endangered marine mammal in the world. San Felipe, BCN, Mexico – February 9, 2020 – While conducting routine monitoring in the Upper Gulf of California, Sea Shepherd vessel the M/V Sharpie encountered a group of four fishing skiffs in the Vaquita Refuge on the morning of February 8th. AtContinue reading “Shots Fired at Sea Shepherd Ship Inside Vaquita Refuge”
SAN FELIPE, November 12th, 2019 – The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) along with Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), agents from the Office of the Federal Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), agents from the National Commission on Fisheries and Aquaculture (CONAPESCA), and Federal Police (Policia Federal), supported by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s M/VContinue reading “Sea Shepherd Supports Mexican Navy During Dawn Raid Seizing 16 Illegal Totoaba Gillnets”
Leading scientists from Mexico and the USA, supported by Sea Shepherd confirm the first sightings of vaquita in 2019, bringing hope for the species.
Sea Shepherd’s legal team took part in the world’s most important conference on endangered wildlife trade to make recommendations to protect the vaquita porpoise from extinction, based on the NGO’s extensive experience in the field.
On May 28-29th by invitation of SEMARNAT, Mexico’s Environment Ministry, Sea Shepherd attended a High Level Mission meeting organized by CITES focusing on the urgent situation of the totoaba bass and the vaquita marina at SEMAR NAVAL AVIATION BASE in La Paz, Mexico. During this session, Captain Locky MacLean (Sea Shepherd Campaigns and Ship Operations Director)Continue reading “CITES Conference Report Mexico”